Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 12:25 UTC
Linux "Red Hat, Canonical and the Linux Foundation have laid out a set of recommendations for hardware vendors in hopes of preserving the ability to install Linux on Windows 8 machines. Windows 8 machines should ship in a setup mode giving users more control right off the bat, the groups argue." Group hug-cheer combo for Red Hat, Canonical, and the Linux Foundation please.
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BluenoseJake
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2005-08-11

It may hurt us, but really, do all of you really believe that all manufacturers, all oems are going to cut the rug out of a whole group of users, ones who maybe don't make up the largest percentage of computer users, but one that makes some of the more expensive purchases, the ones that makes recommendations to friends and family?

Come on, all I'm saying is that MS has not tried to mandate it not be able to be turned off, that OEMs and MB manufacturers are not all stupid, and that similar things have been tried in the past, and we have prevailed.

Let's just wait and see. Right now, there isn't enough information to make it worth getting upset. Wary, sure, but it's too early to start contemplating burning down Redmond over this.

Edited 2011-11-01 09:12 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

BluenoseJake,

"It may hurt us, but really, do all of you really believe that all manufacturers, all oems are going to cut the rug out of a whole group of users, ones who maybe don't make up the largest percentage of computer users"

You assume my concern is merely the availability of unlocked secure boot PCs in absolute numbers, but fragmentation is also a problem. If a significant portion of computers are modified to reject alternative operating systems using 3rd party authentication keys. This fragmentation will hurt alternative OS adoption and exploration.


"Let's just wait and see. Right now, there isn't enough information to make it worth getting upset. Wary, sure, but it's too early to start contemplating burning down Redmond over this."

I disagree with this, from a grass roots perspective, now is the time to make a stink about it, otherwise we'll just be treated as sheep Usque Ad Finem. I fully support the Linux Foundation's goals here.

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